Saturday, April 11, at 9 a.m. runners took off from the starting line of the Lisa Spiers Memorial 5K. Kilmarnock Baptist Church organized the event to raise awareness for ocular melanoma.
Matthew Tennant, the church’s pastor, said that Lisa Spiers was a member of the congregation, who passed away last September from ocular melanoma. On the morning of the race he estimated that close to 300 people participated and the event raised close to $6000 for the Ocular Melanoma Foundation.
“I feel what a marvelous day it was, not only with perfect weather but with the loving presence of community, friends and family. It’s humbling to know that so many people have come out to honor my wonderful wife,” said Robbie Spiers after he finished the race.
The event was sponsored by 29 local businesses. The Northern Neck Food Bank was a sponsor and was on the grounds, providing water, juice, coffee and a variety of snacks to the runners and watchers.
Read more in the April 15 edition of the Northumberland Echo! See all the race results at https://lisaspiers5k.org/results.php